Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas is resigned to losing playmaker Luka Modric to Real Madrid, and is interested in buying Joao Moutinho from Portoas a replacement, reports Talk Sport.
Villas-Boas has been a long term admirer of Moutinho, who he worked with at Porto, and was impressed with the 25 year olds performances at Euro 2012.
The departure of Modric to the Bernabeu alongside Rafael Van Der Vaart’s rumoured return to Hamburg could see the Spurs midfield overhauled, as the signing of Moutinho would see him join Gylfi Sigurdsson at White Hart Lane.
However, the new Spurs boss was quick to state; ‘Those sort of players will always be interesting to us. It doesn’t mean it’s the only target we are looking at’. It would seem Villas-Boas is eager to fill Modric’s boots with an equally capable player, but Moutinho is not necessarily the only candidate.
Porto are currently suffering from financial instability are set to be aware of Spurs’ interest in Moutinho, but have slapped a £31.5 million price tag on their number 8. This will mean that the funds Spurs generate from Luka Modric’s transfer would be key to the deal going through.